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Avondale, APJeT To Promote Plasma Treatment Of Fabrics

Yarn and fabric producer Avondale Mills Inc., Monroe, Ga., and Santa Fe, N.M.-based APJeT Inc., a company that specializes in the advanced processing of materials using plasma technology, have signed a joint development agreement.

As a result, the companies hope to commercialize an advanced manufacturing process using ionized gas (plasma) to treat cotton and cotton/polyester apparel fabrics to provide stain and water repellency, or fire retardation.

"APJeT is excited about working together with Avondale Mills to demonstrate the unique capabilities that our proprietary Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet technology offers for high-volume textile production," said Gary Selwyn, Ph.D., CEO, APJeT.

According to the companies, future applications could include cotton fabric that is fire-retardant, environmentally benign, and has a lower health risk than current flame-retardant fabrics.

January 2005